Catatonic Rockwell AIM-65

2019-06-04 Thread Rick Bensene via cctalk
Hi, all, I recently was given a Rockwell AIM-65 single-board computer in nice physical condition, with the original keyboard and keyboard connector cable. I've downloaded all of the documentation that I can find, and have been trying to get it running. After doing a thorough visual inspection

VCF/PNW Exhibit & Trip Report - The Old Calculator Museum

2019-03-27 Thread Rick Bensene via cctalk
Hi, everyone, Myself and my friend Mike, representing the Old Calculator Museum, exhibited the line of Wang Laboratories electronic calculators at the Vintage Computer Federation's Vintage Computer Festival/Pacific Northwest edition, at the Living Computer Museum+Labs in Seattle, Washington this

RE: atex system in Houston

2019-03-14 Thread Rick Bensene via cctalk
In an earlier posting, I stated that the 4014 (with its 19" DVST tube) was the largest DVST display that Tektronix made, to which Paul K. responded: > An article about those terminals also turns up the 4016 (25 inch tube -- 4014 is 19 inches). I'm not sure any more which of the two it > was. I

RE: atex system in Houston

2019-03-13 Thread Rick Bensene via cctalk
Paul K. wrote: > TMS-11 did support some specialized devices that could do more. There was the classified page layout system using a Tek 4010 style display (4015? A BIG tube). The big-tube Tektronix DVST (Direct View Storage Terminal) terminal was the 4014. The tube used in that terminal was

RE: 11/70 - original or 570 model more desirable?

2019-01-31 Thread Rick Bensene via cctalk
Bill D. wrote: >Random question >would you prefer having, if you had to pick only one, the original PDP >11/70 or the newer "blue cabinets" PDP 11/70, assuming both were complete >configurations with racks of storage etc as they would have been sold, more >or less. >Assume space and power are not

RE: Modcomp aquired

2018-11-05 Thread Rick Bensene via cctalk
>Soon to be picked up and brought home. Lots of documentation with it as >well. Christmas came early, eager to get it home and set up. What a beauty! In amazing condition. Modcomp have a place in my heart, as an earlier Modcomp was the front-end communications processor for Tektronix'

RE: Desktop Metaphor

2018-10-24 Thread Rick Bensene via cctalk
Earlier, I wrote: >> The whole desktop metaphor UI existed long before Windows 95 in non-Unix >> implementations by Xerox PARC (Palo Alto Research >>Center) with the >> pioneering Xerox Alto, introduced in 1973, which implemented Alan Kay's >> concepts for the desktop metaphor that >>were

RE: Desktop Metaphor

2018-10-23 Thread Rick Bensene via cctalk
Curious Marc wrote: >Curiously, the Xerox Alto has quite advanced GUI and object oriented >programming (including the smalltalk windowing environment), >but no desktop >metaphor or icons that I have seen. I believe desktop metaphors appear later >in the Alto commercial successor, the >Xerox

Desktop Metaphor

2018-10-22 Thread Rick Bensene via cctalk
Liam Proven wrote: >On the one hand, the cosmetics. *Every* Unix desktop out there draws >on Win95. I take exception to the "*Every*" in Liam's statement above. Replacing "Unix" with "Linux" would make the statement more correct. X-Windows-based desktop metaphor UI's existed within the Unix

Fairly Extensive Singer/Friden "System Ten" Computer System for Rescue

2018-08-08 Thread Rick Bensene via cctalk
Through my Old Calculator Museum website, I have been contacted by a gentleman that has a fairly substantial Singer/Friden System 10 that is located in a building that the business wants to clear out. The computer system is slated to end up in a dumpster if it isn't rescued. The place the

RE: Reading HP2000 tapes

2018-07-14 Thread Rick Bensene via cctalk
Dan Veeneman via cctalk wrote: > > I recently received the following request: > >> I just recently found a (9 or 7 track?) tape of mine made on an >> HP2000 (probably C, maybe F) in 1977 from a DUMP of two accounts. >> I've had it for 40 years with nothing to process it. Now I have >> simh to

RE: Got a kidney!

2018-07-14 Thread Rick Bensene via cctalk
Daniel S wrote: > Got the call yesterday. Transplant operation was a success. Still at the hospital recovering. Will update when able. That is fantastic and blessed news! Best to you for a quick and healthy recovery. You've got a lot of classiccmp folks keeping you in their thoughts and

RE: CDC 6600 display character generation

2018-06-07 Thread Rick Bensene via cctalk
Paul wrote, concerning my "fireworks" show on the DD60 console of Tektronix' Cyber 73 system: >That's really weird. Here's why. The DD60 only has a single set of X/Y drive chains. It's all differential, so there are four of everything, ?>ending up at the pair of X and pair of Y plates of the

RE: CDC 6600 display character generation

2018-06-06 Thread Rick Bensene via cctalk
Speaking of CDC 6x00/Cyber 70-series consoles... I had a bit of a scary but memorable experience of sitting at the console of a Cyber 73, many years ago. My job as a systems operator basically involved watching the console for magtape mount/dismount requests, printer service requests (e.g.,

RE: Original CAD code in the wild?

2018-05-24 Thread Rick Bensene via cctalk
Many moons ago, at Tektronix, I did a stint working in the Scientific Computer Center's Computer-Aided Design Development group. There was a software package, written in FORTRAN (77, I believe) on Tek's Control Data Cyber 73 system running KRONOS, called PIRATE. It was an automated circuit board

RE: Identifying an aluminum panel

2018-03-30 Thread Rick Bensene via cctalk
Not knowing what the size actually is, it looks familiar. Given the bootprints on it, it looks like it's a pretty good-sized chunk of aluminum. It reminds me of the back panel of some of the Sun 3/2xx and 4/2xx server chassis. Large, heavy switching power supply and backplane inside. Even

RE: Re: Spectre & Meltdown

2018-01-05 Thread Rick Bensene via cctalk
Ed Sharpe wrote: >what about xenon processors?? Xenon? You mean the processor jointly developed by Microsoft & IBM based on the PowerPC architecture, developed and used in the Xbox 360? Or perhaps did you mean Xeon (note no N in the middle)? There is a big difference. Don't know if the

RE: Can anyone identify what this board is/does?

2017-12-02 Thread Rick Bensene via cctalk
This is a wire rope ROM, but it is unpopulated, meaning that there are no wires strung through the cores to encode anything. The little pegs located below the cores are for routing the wire. The diodes are all for address selection, and the circuitry above the cores is the sense amplifiers to

"Personal" Computers (Was: Details about IBM's early 'scientific' computers)

2017-11-15 Thread Rick Bensene via cctalk
I wrote: >> While the definition of the term "personal computer" varies depending >> on who is using the term, these machines, and others like them, were >> designed to be used at a much more personal level than the large-scale >> mainframe machines housed in the glass-walled rooms where only

RE: Details about IBM's early 'scientific' computers

2017-11-15 Thread Rick Bensene via cctalk
On 11/15/2017 11:59 AM, Rick Bensene via cctalk wrote: > While the definition of the term "personal computer" varies depending > on who is using the term, these machines, and others like them, were > designed to be used at a much more personal level than the large-scale &

RE: Details about IBM's early 'scientific' computers

2017-11-15 Thread Rick Bensene via cctalk
Grumpy Ol' Fred wrote: >Yes, 1968-1973 had time-sharing for personal computing, but not "personal computers" We tend to forget about earlier "personal" computers...machines that were generally designed for one individual to be able to sit down and use interactively. That isn't to say that said

RE: Tektronix 8560 external hard disk connector [WAS: Re: The origin of SCSI]

2017-10-09 Thread Rick Bensene via cctalk
Al K. wrote: >there are two versions. the 1981 8560 uses microp 1200, later ones have xebec >1410 and are sasi >070-3899-00_8560_MSDU_Installation_Guide_Nov81.pdf >070-4759-00_8560_8561_8562_Service_Mar84.pdf If the 8560 in question uses the 8" hard disk drive from Micropolis, then Bitsavers

RE: Tektronix 8560 external hard disk connector [WAS: Re: The origin of SCSI]

2017-10-06 Thread Rick Bensene via cctalk
Chris G. wrote: >This reminds me of something I wanted to ask for some time: >I've got a Tektronix 8560 where the internal hard disk is not that much >reliable anymore. No read/write errors, but after running for >some time (btw. >24h and 48h) it seems to reset. >Spin-down, spin-up, etc. until

RE: Olivetti Programma 101 on EBay

2017-08-19 Thread Rick Bensene via cctalk
This eBay listing makes me really happy that I bought a beautifully kept, spotlessly clean Programma 101 with original dust cover, power cord, and original sales receipt from Portland Typewriter & Office Machine Co. (Portland, Oregon) for $300 in early 2013 from the original owner.The

RE: 2.11BSD on two RL02 drives? Probably not, but...

2017-08-03 Thread Rick Bensene via cctalk
Glen S. wrote: >QBus ESDI controllers are relatively cheap. I have several Emulex QD21, Dilog >DQ696, and Sigma SDC-RQD11 QBus ESDI controllers. The >problem I have with >them is that I now have more controllers than working ESDI drives. Some of the >drives that I had which were >working have

Re: Diehl Combitron

2017-07-19 Thread Rick Bensene via cctalk
This is a truly wonderful accomplishment, as well as a great remembrance of a true genius in early electronic calculator design, not to mention computer design.   Stan Frankel isn't all that well known, but those that do know of him hold him in high regard. He was a master of minimizing

RE: RC11 manuals / schematics online?

2017-06-10 Thread Rick Bensene via cctalk
Steve wrote: >I acquired an RC11 flip chip set with the FOX 2 (PDP-11/15). Although I don't >have a schematic for them, I do have the schematic print >set for the >controller for the fixed-head / drum that Foxboro supplied which was a DDC >6200. Check this out:

RE: Genuine KM11 board (and plea for RX01 Front Bezel)

2017-04-24 Thread Rick Bensene via cctalk
Tony D. wrote: > Are any DEC enthusiasts here jealous of this : >https://www.flickr.com/photos/tony_duell/33427116663/in/dateposted-public/ Interesting coincidence. I was digging through some boxes of stuff yesterday, and I came across two sets of these in really nice condition. Haven't

RE: Kennedy 9000 Tape Drives, Terminals and Packs

2017-04-17 Thread Rick Bensene via cctalk
Sorry all, this was meant to be a personal Email. Still haven't gotten used to the new way that the list works. My apologies. -Rick -Original Message- From: cctalk [mailto:cctalk-boun...@classiccmp.org] On Behalf Of Rick Bensene via cctalk Sent: Monday, April 17, 2017 1:11 PM

RE: Kennedy 9000 Tape Drives, Terminals and Packs

2017-04-17 Thread Rick Bensene via cctalk
> I was helping out someone here locally to dig thru a pile of electronics that > he had obtained in helping out a woman clean out her house. > Her husband passed away and she wanted the space back. Apparently the > husband "somehow" dealt in HW repair. > A good number of the items were known

Trip to CHM - Hotel/Restaurant Advice

2017-03-30 Thread Rick Bensene via cctalk
Hello, all, In mid-June, I am planning a trip to Mountain View for two days to visit the Computer History Museum. I plan on flying out of Portland early AM on June 14, checking into hotel, then heading straight to the museum for the day. I will go back to the hotel for the evening, and return

Delay Lines (Was: Univac I memory tank)

2017-03-15 Thread Rick Bensene via cctalk
Dwight wrote: > The Olivetti used a piece of wire for the delay line. The Programma 101 indeed used a delay line. Such delay lines use magnetostrictive means to push a torque pulse into one end of the wire, as well as detect a torque twist at the other end of the wire. Magnetostrictive